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Why Partnering with Startups Was Right for San Rafael

Two key upgrades for this small Northern California city led them to unconventional vendor choices.

Rebecca Woodbury, Senior Management Analyst, San Rafael, California
At the State of GovTech event in San Francisco last month, startups and investors gathered alongside innovators in government to discuss the growing market of tech companies pointing their solutions squarely at the public sector. Collectively, the group made an effective case for paying attention to the market, as well as engaging new talent when developing public-sector IT tools.

Senior Management Analyst Rebecca Woodbury of San Rafael, Calif., talked at the event about how the city's quest to expand digital services led them to partner with technology startups on a couple of critical projects.

Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.